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Fannett, Texas
Country United States
State Texas
County Jefferson
Area
 • Total 9.9 sq mi (25.6 km2)
 • Land 9.8 sq mi (25.4 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation
20 ft (6 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,252
 • Density 230/sq mi (88.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
77705
FIPS code 48-25404
GNIS feature ID 1357219

Fannett is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,252 at the 2010 census. It is about 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Beaumont and is part of the Beaumont–Port Arthur metropolitan area.

The community is named after B. J. Fannett, a local landowner who opened a general store there in the 1890s. When Japanese immigrants brought rice farming to the area, Fannett grew to meet the farmers' needs.

Although oil has been discovered near Fannett, the town's population has remained small.

In 1993 and again in 2004, Fannett was the center of a controversy over the naming of Jap Road (now Boondocks Road). The road had been named in the early 20th century to honor immigrant rice farmer Yoshio Mayumi. However, the meaning of the word "Jap" had changed over time, transforming an honor into an ethnic slur.

Fannett is home to the Clifton Steamboat Museum, which features a large exhibit on Lieutenant Commander Harry Brinkley Bass (after whom the United States Navy destroyer USS Brinkley Bass was named).

Education

In 1961, the Fannett Independent School District was combined with that of neighboring Hamshire, forming the Hamshire-Fannett Independent School District.

Hamshire-Fannett ISD is assigned to Galveston College in Galveston.

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